Welding and Wine – Release Your Inner “Flashdance” Fantasy
Sparks are flying at a women’s-only welding class on Staten Island, where students pair power tools with prosecco.
The ladies enrolled in the “Women, Welding and Wine!” workshops are melting through stereotypes about the supposedly macho hobby by morphing hunks of metal into gorgeous sculptures, frames and kitchen racks, students and organizers told The Post.
Their reward at the end of the class is a wine-tasting session.
“It introduces women to a predominately male trade in a way that takes testosterone out of the mix,” said welding teacher Scott Van Campen, 45, of the Staten Island MakerSpace workshop in Stapleton.
Taking a page out of the ’80s cult classic “Flashdance’’ — in which Jennifer Beals’ character goes from welder by day to exotic dancer by night — the course teaches gas- and flame-based welding techniques.
Afterward, “the first wine we try is a ‘sparkler’ — to go with the sparks,” said Lorie Honor, 52, of Honor Wines, which teamed up with Van Campen to provide the booze.
Students range from “girly girls” to artists and even a professional football player, Honor said.
The women must wear goggles, gloves and leather suits before welding, to avoid blinding or injuring themselves.
“I thought it would be way out of my comfort zone — but there’s nothing to be afraid of,” said Honor.
“Working with power tools is a sexy, very cool thing to do . . . There’s a definite attention to detail and care that women tend to be good at,” she said.
“There’s a feminine approach to it.”
Some students called it an “unconventional” way to make female friends.
“The class is an opportunity for women to bond on a very different level. And the wine helps us let our hair down after a three-hour class,” said student Lisa Della Vecchia, 39.
“You get to express yourself with your hands. It’s really neat,” said Della Vecchia, who made a display case for her tile shop, Design Works on Staten Island.
The four-week class, started in 2013, costs $210 for non-members of MakerSpace. There are six women in each class. To learn more about this and other classes, go to: makerspace.nyc for times and schedules.
As originally seen in the New York Post